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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jul 13, 2005 12:14am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Best Sugar Magnolia?

remember Sugar magnolia was played about 500 times in the Dead's career, there is no "best" version really...there might be a good 10 versions that are perhaps the cream of the's a few good ones I know of...
05-03-1972 (71 one was the primer year for the consistently great Sugar Mags of 1972)
12-31-1978 (almost any New Years Sugar Mag)
06-20-1983 (Loopy show, classic version, Garcia wants this one and Bobby Weir is rock star Bobby)
10-27-1991 nice 1991 version with Hornsby
05-21-1995 last "great" Sugar Mag (all things being relative)

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 13, 2005 12:41am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Best Sugar Magnolia?

If it hasn't already been listed let me make a case for 10/29/77, Evan's Fieldhouse, dekalb, Ill. Some kind soul made available the full 10+ min. version (be wary of the edited version which takes out a fair chunk).

It is such an inspired, rocking rendition, and before getting into the SSDD section Mickey and Billy go off on a crazed drum fill that leaves Bobby literally laughing in amazement as he starts singing SSDD. It's just brilliant!